Quentin Tarantino's slave western "Django Unchained" was poised to be the director's first commercial release in China, a country notorious for its strict censorship regulations. Though the film had been edited and scheduled for release on April 11, Chinese officials abruptly pulled the movie without citing why.
After another round of edits, the film may have another shot in China, however. From the Guardian:
Tarantino had already edited the film to reduce its violent content and had toned down the hue and height of his beloved bloodsplashes. The new version – with nudity removed – will screen in China from 7 May, according to the local film news site Sina.com. Distributor Sony says it has not been made aware of the new release. The company has not commented on the situation since the withdrawal of the first edit, when a spokesperson expressed regret that the film had been pulled and said that Sony were "working with the Chinese authorities to determine whether the film can be rescheduled".
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